taking our culture forward

The pipe organ in the Nunnery Chapel near Douglas has recently been meticulously restored by local organ builder Peter Jones at his workshop near St John's. The instrument had fallen into disrepair and hadn't been used for many years. As the chapel has recently been converted into a small lecture hall it seem a good time to restore the instrument and this has been funded by Culture Vannin. It turns out that the organ dates from at least the 1860s and parts of it are probably older.

As the future ownership of the Nunnery estate is now uncertain it was decided not to return the organ to the chapel but to offer it to another church on the Island. With the agreement with the Nunnery's current owner, the Department of Education and Children, the organ has been given on permanent loan to St Mary's Catholic Church in Castletown. In this short video Gareth Moore tries out the instrument in its new location.